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  • ISRO will train personnel from foreign countries that the space agency work with.
  • First batch has 30 participants from 17 different countries.
  • The program will be conducted by ISRO’s U.R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) in Bengaluru every year for next 3 years.

About Unnati

  • UNNATI (UNispace Nanosatellite Assembly &Training by ISRO), a capacity building programme on nanosatellite development.
  • The programme was launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50).
  • The Programme provides opportunities to the participants from developing countries to strengthen their capabilities in assembling, integrating and testing of nanosatellites.

Key Highlights of the UNNATI Programme:

  1. The UNNATI Programme will be conducted for 3 years.
  2. It will be conducted by U.R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) of ISRO in 3 batches.
  3. The UNNATI Programme would benefit officials of 45 countries.
  4. The first batch of the programme will start from January 2019.
  5. The first batch reportedly has its participants in 30 delegated from 17 countries (Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Panama and Portugal).
  6. It will comprise of theoretical course work on nanosatellite definition, utility, laws governing their impact on space debris, design drivers, reliability and quality assurance.

The Execution of the UNNATI programme:

  1. The key objective of UNNATI programme is to offer a simplified and increased exposure to satellite fabrication technologies.
  2. It will provide a theoretical course on satellite technology, an intensive course nanosatellite realisation.
  3. About 30,000 crores has been sanctioned by the Centre for this programme.